Four Season Gardening

| 1/25/2011 1:21:01 PM

Tags: Miniature Hoop Houses, Winter Gardening, Four Season Gardening, Miniature Greenhouses, Susy,

A portrait of Susy, the author of Chiots Run.In late September I planted 2 raised beds with a mix of different kinds of winter crops.  I covered them with greenhouse plastic to protect them from the weather when it started to turn cold, about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving.  This seems to be working very nicely, we had night time temperatures in the high 20s and the day time temperatures range from the 40s to the 60s.

Mini hoop house from outside

When it's warm in the fall, I pull the covers back and give all the greens a good watering with some Neptune's Harvest.  This should get them through the winter, I don't know if I'll have to worry about watering again after this, I'll keep an eye on them.

Mini hoop house looking in

It looks like these mini greenhouses are providing the right climate for my spinach, it's growing quite prolifically.  I can't wait to have spinach salads all winter long from this bed. I'm also experimenting with a variety of cold hardy lettuces, celery, arugula, leeks, carrots, kohlrabi, bunching onions, and some other cold-tolerant greens.

Mini garden hoop house from the side

Nebraska Dave
1/25/2011 10:18:42 PM

@Susy, I've been reading about winter gardening from your personal blog and several others that have been having quite good luck with the winter salad greens. It has inspired me to consider winter growing. It seems to be a bit of challange but certainly a doable thing. Have a great winter garden day.

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